If you answered a dead Jewish Man-god, you’re partially right.
In 1Corinthians Jesus is purported to have said:
11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Christians refer to this practice as the consumption of the Eucharist. Hey, that Jesus, what an original guy!! I mean leave it to him to come up with this unique and singularly Christian way of remembering him and internalizing, if you will, Jesus as ones savior.
WHOA, not so fast!! It seems Jesus, or more precisely, the writers of the Jesus myth borrowed this lovely practice of symbolic cannibalism from ancient pagan religions. Yep, that’s right. The religious practice is called theophagy, literally “god-eating.”
In the book The Golden Bough by Sir James G. Frazer the many pagan religions who symbolically gobbled up their gods are covered in great detail. Of notable gods who required this practice was the Greek god Dionysus, son of the supreme god Zeus. Grain and wine were substitues for his body and consumed by his worshipers as part of their religious rites.
Interestingly, Dionysus was the son of Zeus, and a human woman, Zeus having impregnated her…Hmmmm. He wandered Asia teaching people how to cultivate vineyards. There are other similarities between him and the Jesus story. Indeed, there are a number of scholars, among them Rudolph Bultman, and more recently Barry B. Powell, who attribute Jesus’ turning of water into wine to Dionysian legend. [Oh … btw… Bultman was Lutheran, a professor of theology, and New Testament scholar.] But I digress…
That symbolic cannibalizing of ones favored god was incorporated into Christianity, along with so many other pagan practices (i.e. All Saints Day/ Celtic Halloween; Easter/ celebration of the Spring equinox; Christmas / celebration of the winter solstice; the concept of Trinity / Hinduism; etc.) shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone … well except to Christians to whom knowledge of such things are best left unlearned.
So Christians, eat up your Jesus cookie with a sip of Chianti. It’s a meal fit for the worshipping clowns of a pagan man-god, or a very unoriginal King of the Jews.